Rising fuel costs and shrinking leisure hours have meant that it is no longer as easy as it was earlier to sneak away for a romantic weekend getaway. However it is still possible to do something special with your partner over the two days in a week that you are free. Here are ten great ways to spend a romantic weekend without stirring from your home. $ROMANCE-TIPS-OPTIN$
Remove electronic distractions
One of the first things necessary for a truly romantic weekend is to sweep away all sources of electronic interference. Unplug your computers, switch off your i-Pads, keep your cell phone in the silent mode and let the answering machine take of calls from friends and family. This will not only allow you and your partner to spend true quality time with each other but actually give you the feel of being on a tropical paradise or a mountain cabin where there is no internet or cell phone signal to disturb your peace.
Let others take care of the kids
Most couples who are looking for a romantic weekend at home are those who are too tired juggling kids, home and work for the rest of the week to make any more getaway plans for the weekend. If this sounds only too familiar to you, how about sending them away for a weekend ? Both the children and you will be pleased. Ask the grandparents, friends or other parents if they can receive the children for a weekend so that you and your partner can have a truly romantic time together.
Sometimes the simplest of things can make for the most coveted of pleasures. If you and your partner follow a grueling schedule for the whole of working week, it would make a great change just to lie in bed till late in the morning. Get cozy with your sweetheart, gently nuzzle the side of your beloved’s neck with your mouth or suck at the tips of his/her fingers or toes. On the other hand, a breakfast in bed could be the highlight of a romantic weekend. Set a breakfast tray with whatever your partner likes to have best in the morning – fried eggs, a slice of fresh fruit or even some cereal. Finally don’t forget the morning newspaper or a nicely-decorated flower in a glass to give your romantic weekend mornings an extra special touch.
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Game, set and match
A gaming marathon can be a great way to spend a romantic weekend at home. You can begin with some popular board games like Scrabble and Monopoly and then maybe go on to more active ones like dumb charades or Twister. Then again if you both prefer, video and computer games can also be the perfect way to rediscover those childhood thrills. Card games are usually more fun with friends and double dates but if you know your partner quite well, you can have a naughty time with a game of strip poker. No matter what kind you prefer, games are usually great fun if you and your partner don’t mind some friendly competition. Don’t forget to arrange for some drinks and crispies so that you both can snack on while pondering on the next move.
Do things together
Relationship experts point out that shared hobbies are one of the best ways to ensure that your romance survives in the long run. So for an interesting weekend at home, why not plan to do something you both enjoy together. If you and your partner are fond of the written word, have each other read out passages from your favorite books or recite for each other lines from timeless love poems. Then again for classical music lovers, a session of Bach or Beethoven on the CD player while you both share nuggets of information on the great composers can provide for an amazing bonding between you both. If it is fast music you enjoy, put on some peppy dance numbers and get jiving with your partner. Not only will theses be intensely romantic experiences in themselves, you will be glad to have done something you both thoroughly enjoy.
Take in the view
You need not travel away from your home in order to get a feel of the romantic outdoors. If you have a garden, a patch of lawn or even a backyard, you and your partner can have a romantic night in the open, gazing at the stars or roasting marshmallows on a small bonfire. And should you happen to live in an apartment, make the most of your balcony or terrace. Put up a small tent there and switch off all your the lights. And then settle down with a glass of wine and gaze down at thousands of lights twinkling in the city below.
Get things done
For couples who like a bit more action in their lives, home improvement projects can make for a great weekend idea too. Have a list of projects ready that you both can work on at your home, like for instance putting a new coat of paint in the study or making a set of new cabinets for the kitchen. Don’t include ideas that require a great deal of physical strength or might get too messy like plumbing jobs. Keep them for the professionals or when you can do them later since such jobs might prove to be more of hard work than fun. The great thing about home improvement projects as a romantic idea is that the very notion of building something together can be hugely inspiring. Besides it is especially good for homebodies who like to potter about at home even when the weather is nice outside.
Cook up a storm
Food – both preparing and eating - can be the source of an intense sensual experience. So the next time you are stuck for romantic weekend idea at home, invite your beloved over for dinner at your place. While the menu and cooking may require some advance preparation, don’t go overboard by making a five course meal which will leave you too tired and stressed out to enjoy. Instead you can make the main course the highlight of the menu and then pair it up with a great-looking salad and some fresh bread. Alternatively you and your partner can experiment with new easy-to-make recipes which are not practical through the week or with kids around. Finally don’t forget to choose some nice wine and make sure that you round off a meal with your partner’s favorite dessert.
If you and your partner are both movie buffs, what better way to spend a romantic weekend at home than by watching your favorite movies back to back? You can make the movie marathon even more interesting by setting a theme, like the worst comedies of all time or the scariest horror movies and allow each other to pick out a DVD according to the theme. Finally snuggle up before the screen and if you find yourselves having a great time, you may even prolong the date to another movie or follow it up with some romantic action of your own.
A weekend at home is the perfect opportunity to indulge your senses - It could be a warm exotic massage or a naughty bubble bath. Light a few perfumed candles and have some soft music playing in the background to take the sensuality a notch higher. You are not only sure to have fun splashing around with each other but can also wrap up the weekend with an intimate night together.